Outreach

Outreach programs expand your world! 

Are you looking for an interactive STEM activity for your next event? Look no further than the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Our outreach programs come to your location and make science come alive. For more information, please email outreach@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

Outreach Labs

For up to 30 students in PreK-5th grades in a classroom setting. These STEM lessons provide the WOW and inspiration to start a unit or can conclude a unit by engaging students in a fun hands-on experience. Students will actively engage in science or engineering practices during the program.

  • Designed for Pre-K through 5th Grade
  • Labs are 45-60 minutes
  • $170 per session
  • Discounts are available for multiple sessions
  • Click Here to request a program
  • Outreach events outside of Vigo County are subject to a transportation fee.

 

Astronaut Adventure

Become a NASA astronaut by going through official training! Make your way through various stations to learn how to walk in space, eat like an astronaut, and much more. After completing the training each child earns their own NASA badge to become an official astronaut. 

 

Crazy Coasters

Explore force and motion as you work in teams to build a roller coaster. In this marble challenge put the force of gravity to work and engage in a hands-on experience to understand the science and design process that goes into engineering your favorite roller coasters.

 

Gross Science

Let’s get gross and explore the inner workings of our bodies, ruminate about runny noses, and dive into digestion. Explore the functions of your body through experiments that stimulate how your body works. Learn why it’s so important to keep your body healthy!

 

Gravity’s Grasp

Give gravity a whirl as we demonstrate how it affects orbiting planets, stars, and other space objects. What goes up must come down...but it has to do so in a way that doesn’t destroy a lander. Students will build a model moon lander to see how gravity affects the outcome!

 

Simple Machines on Stage

Students take the role of a set engineer! Use models of simple machines and teamwork to solve staging challenges, such as on how to make an actor fly, build a set that moves, or make a ramp for an actress in a wheelchair.

 

Wind

Air is everywhere—but how do we know it exists if we can’t see it? Air is most noticeable when we feel it in the form of wind. The Leap into Science wind workshops invites children to experiment with air and explore the ways that an invisible substance can produce visible effects.

STEM Stations 

Let us create a memorable one-hour event where kids DO science! Choose from hands-on science activities for a Family STEM Night or other event for a large number of people. Participants flow from one activity to another, spending 5-10 minutes at each. THCM will send staff members to facilitate up to three stations and train your volunteers to lead the other stations.

  • All Ages
  • $90 for the first station for one hour, $170 for two stations for one hour, and $25 for each additional station.
  • Additional hours can be added for $25 each.
  • If you already have a variety of stations from other organizations, we are glad to be one of many. Our STEM stations include:
  • Outreach events outside of Vigo County are subject to a transportation fee.

Soybean Necklaces

Create a necklace that grows before your eyes.

 

Insect Moves

Roll the dice and move like a fly avoiding a spider’s web, sit still on a branch like a walking stick, dung beetle or three other insects.

Oobleck

Is it a liquid or a solid? Experiment to see what sinks or floats in this amazing goo.

 

Exploding Bags

Create colorful mini-explosions with baking soda and vinegar.

 

Power of Air

Use a Magdeburg sphere and suction cups to learn how air is stronger than you and that suction cups don’t suck.

 

Cardboard Constructions

Use Make-do tools and intentionally limited supplies to engineer your own cardboard models and creations to an agreed upon theme.

 

Geometric Bubbles

Use Zometools to make two-dimensional bubble shapes, or even experiment with 3-D bubbles like a pyramid, cube or paraboloid, all using the principle of “minimal surfaces.”

 

Marble Roller Coasters

Discover potential or kinetic energy and centripetal force while designing and building your own roller coaster.

 

Makey-Makey Circuits

Use these circuit boards to pass electricity through food, yourself, and everyday objects to find out how to complete a circuit.

 

Catapults

Levers and fulcrums work together to send small bags flying. Experiment with the placement of the lever and the weight of the bag to land it in the target zone.

 

Tornado Towers 

Can you build a tower to withstand gale-force winds provided by an air cannon?

 

Bottleless Water

Can you hold water in your hand? It is possible to get a drink without using a container! Learn how to be eco-friendly while satisfying your thirst.

Beginner Robotics

Discover how robots are made and how they perform tasks. You become the engineer and design a program for your robot! Build a simple LEGO® WeDo robot and learn the importance of programming.

Grade Level: 3-5

Crazy Coasters

Explore force and motion as you work together to build a roller coaster. Put the force of gravity to work in the marble challenge. Engage in a hands-on experience to understand the science and design process that goes into engineering your favorite roller coasters.

Grade Level: K-5

Racing Forces

Start your engines and get ready to explore how contact and non-contact forces give our race cars the energy they need to zip towards the finish line. Gear up for the race by exploring forces and motion as you learn about contact forces, magnetism and gravity. Measure the motion each can produce as you isolate variables and record data to see science at work.

Grade Level: K-5

Build It!

Practice the engineering process from problem identification to building a solution. Choose from designing a maze for a cockroach, creating a stable structure, building a paddle boat, or construct a tall tower.

Grade Level: K-5

Gross Science

Let’s get gross and explore the inner workings of our bodies, ruminate about runny noses, and dive into digestion. Explore the functions of your body through experiments that simulate how your body works. Learn why it's so important to keep your body healthy!

Grade Level: K-5

Science of Minerals

Rocks, minerals and masterpieces, oh my!  Rocks and minerals make up the world around us. Artists and engineers, both use rocks and minerals to make everything from masterpieces to cutting edge technology. Discover the unique physical and chemical properties of rocks using observational skills, analytical ability, and material culture around us. Be both an artist and an engineer during this program.

Grade Level: K-5

Wonders of the Ocean

Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is ocean and it is filled with animals. You might collect seashells on vacations, but rarely critically think about the ocean, the animals that live there, and how they survive.  Refine your marine biologist skills through interactive activities.

Grade Level: 1-3

Windy Weather

To predict the weather, you have to understand it. Through hands-on experiments, you'll see how a change in air pressure can affect an object, understand how hot and warm molecules act, and even make a cloud!

Grade Level: 2-5

Booking Information

One session (approximately 45 to 60 minutes): $170   

Outreach events outside of Vigo County are subject to a transportation fee of $0.54/mile round trip. Outreach events which are more than a one-hour drive from THCM are subject to an additional transportation surcharge of $15 per hour of travel round trip.

Reservations: Contact education@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com or use the online reservation form.

 

 

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